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Review: And The Amazing Race Canada winners are …

After 48,500 km, Season 3 of The Amazing Race Canada crowned its winners as Gino and Jesse Montani captured a year of travel for two in business class anywhere Air Canada flies, two Chevy Colorados, gas for life from Petro Canada, $250,000 and winners of The Amazing Race Canada.

“Here’s to you, Canada. Cheers!” was an orgy of Canadiana in Vancouver, from riding a bike along a metal beam on BCE Place to visiting the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre for a map challenge and a ski matching test in Whistler.

And it was anything but and easy Leg for the final three teams. I honestly thought Brent and Sean’s luck had finally run out when Brent took 20 tries to wobble his way across the beam in downtown Vancouver. Jesse and Matt conquered the Road Block in their first tries, giving their squads an early lead. Those leads were cut down thanks to Brent and Sean’s tenacity … and a major blunder by Jesse and Gino. The brothers from Hamilton were so stressed out the wrestlers successfully finished the map challenge ahead of them they neglected to completely eras their whiteboard … Brent and Sean merely had to write the final answer on their board and they’d completed the task. Racing tip: worry about what you’re doing and not the other teams.

A somewhat simple task at the Bearfoot Bistro—removing the tops from champagne bottles using a sabre and champagne flute—was nonetheless a symbolic one: these teams had battled hard through 12 Legs and were celebrating ever-so-briefly with a quaff of bubbly.

The editing made it look as though Jesse and Gino were mere minutes arriving on the mat in front of Jon Montgomery ahead of Matt and Nick on the 12th hole at the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Either way, the siblings were first and the wrestlers, who had placed in the Top 3 during nine Legs had to settle for second place.

“We never doubted each other,” Jesse told Montgomery. “This is the most beautiful country in the world. You don’t need to travel anywhere else.”

Overall, I’ve been impressed with Season 3 of The Amazing Race. A series of incredibly hard challenges forced some teams to sit out and take time penalties but for the most part they gamely soldiered on. I’ve never been a fan of the Race leaving Canada, but I’m OK they keep the continent jumping to a minimum and begin and end in the greatest country on the planet.

Here’s how the final three finished:

  1. Jesse and Gino (winners)
  2. Matt and Nick
  3. Brent and Sean

Notes and quotes

  • “Brent and I are from the east coast and prefer our mussels with garlic butter.” — Sean
  • How great was that callback to Monty’s gold medal Winter Olympics win by handing him a pitcher of beer?

What have you thought of this season of The Amazing Race Canada? Will you audition for Season 4?

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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One thought on “Review: And The Amazing Race Canada winners are …”

  1. How about that Race eh? Poor Brent, his bad balance/heights basically cost them the Race. It looked like they might catch up in the wine thing but they never really did, the Gondola must have been a long ride up too because Jesse and Nick were done before they even got to the top. At least they got a free pass on the match challenge due to poor erasing, and they used their Express Pass on the first one too! See teachers? Sometimes you don’t need math after all!

    The Wrestlers fought hard and even got slightly ahead with the math and wine, but in terms of actually Roadblocks I think the Brothers beat them on speed and athleticism and a little luck on he ski thing.

    A very Canadian Polite Reunion, no real hard feelings between the exes or Cabotage and it was fun of them to bring back the Swim caps, I was expecting them to give Ope a life jacket. I was a little surprised Gino & Jesse still won the fan poll after Cabotage but I guess Canada likes teams who seem like Alphas. Although it sounds like the Newfoundland & Labrador United for 2nd place to be for a team that as only in 3 episodes.

    No way am i auditioning for Season 4, it’s not physically possible. I’d probably struggle in physical challenges of Big Brother Canada never mind the Penalty-inducing Race. Although I do hope they reconsider how they do water/beach challenges. Last year we had a medical evacuation in the surfing challenge. This year Kristen’s legs almost gave out after freezing in the sand and Leilani got a nasty cut on her leg while water-skiing. Seriously Race, don’t actually push your contestants to the breaking-point so literally.

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